Test your chess: Reitstein problem 185

A chess position that is “worth a thousand words.”

allanbeardsworth

White to play and draw

S Pearson v DA Walker 1981

This one took me a while. I knew the first move had to be B moves, but where? I tried first 1 Bh7+?, with 2 Qc2+, but it is nothing, and 1 Bf7+ and 1 Be8+, before eventually seeing 1 Bh5+!

The point is that the K must be kept on the g and h files, and after 1…Kh8[] 2 Ng6+!

If the N is captured, white wins by 3 Qh6+, so the king must move! when Ne5+ or Nf4+ is perpetual.

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One Response to “Test your chess: Reitstein problem 185”

  1. David H Says:

    solved 75% of the puzzle, find the idea, but missed a tactical error in Be8

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